A round up of sporting headlines including news from Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham.
DAILY MAIL: Louis van Gaal defended Marouane Fellaini after the United midfielder appeared to spit at Sergio Aguero during the Manchester derby.In a typically heated clash between two of English football’s most bitter rivals, Fellaini became irate with City striker Aguero in an incident towards the end of the first half. Also: Moyes offered the chance to return to football with Real Sociedad, but the ex-Man United boss is still to make up his mind.
GUARDIAN: Louis van Gaal branded Chris Smalling “stupid” for picking up a second yellow card that reduced Manchester United to 10 men and contributed to their 1-0 derby defeat. Also: Paul Lambert admitted that Christian Benteke deserved to be sent off for slapping Ryan Mason in the face, but the Aston Villa manager claimed “my daughter can throw a harder forearm than that” and suggested the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was fortunate to escape a red card for his part in the fracas.
THE INDEPENDENT: Jose Mourinho was criticised by his own supporters yesterday for questioning their passion and commitment to the cause in the wake of Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, says his determination to extend Steven Gerrard’s contract is solely down to the player’s talent and nothing to do with sentimentality. Also: Pellegrini says Man City should have had three penalties during Sunday’s win over Manchester United, bemoaning the performance of referee Michael Oliver as “unbelievable”.
DAILY STAR: Gus Poyet has vowed to end Sunderland’s Monday misery against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tonight.
METRO: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 34, could move to the United States to join New York Cosmos if he fails to sign a new deal at Anfield.
DAILY EXPRESS: Arsenal’s hopes of signing Basel defender Fabian Schar have been boosted after the 22-year-old admitted he is ready to leave the Swiss club. Also: Manchester City will battle it out with local rivals Manchester United in the race to sign 20-year-old Feyenoord defender Terence Kongolo.
SKY SPORTS: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have been put on alert with 15-year-old West Ham starlet Reece Oxford no closer to agreeing a permanent deal at Upton Park.
DAILY MIRROR: Former Manchester United boss David Moyes, 51, is in contention to take charge of Spanish side Real Sociedad after they parted company with 36-year-old coach Jagoba Arrasate. Also: Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has told 21-year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino to “keep his mouth shut” after he accused Foxes defender Marcin Wasilewski, 34, of elbowing him.